hiking

Really enjoyed this hike - perfect sunny June afternoon spot that's not too crowded with easy parking. I went with my 75 year old dad and good friend and our kids. She and I both carried our 21lb. baby sons plus packs and our group was able to complete the hike and feel CO legit. The views at the top of Eagle View Trail were truly beautiful and worth the effort. My tracking had the total hike at .2 miles longer than the GPS says here but no complaints. Recommend the shady side (left side?) of the hike both up and down to avoid exposure and some scree.

Enjoyed this hike. Some nice views and not crowded though it was a nice day in April.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice hike. Started around 7:30 and didn't see a ton of people until the end. As others have noted, this trail is 9 miles end to end, not out-and-back as the description says. Popular with mountain bikers. No exciting views or peaks but nice. Not too strenuous despite its "hard" rating.

This trail is beautiful and well marked. Howevet it is 9 miles out and 9 miles back. What began as a 9 mile hike turned into a 12 mile hike before my hiking buddy and I realized what was happening. To be fair this was marked accurately on the park map. I was sore but I was beautiful.

hiking
18 days ago

18 days ago

First hike of the season. A little muddy on the way up, and fairly steep going up, then easy on the way down. Took our dogs and they loved it. Not too crowded, but busy.

Elkhorn Trail to Oxen Draw to Raven's Roost to Eagle View and loop back around. I recommend it for anyone looking for an easy but pretty hike. Go clockwise to climb up Oxen Draw by the creek and in the shade. You can loop back down that way or take Raven' Roost down but it's an uncovered red gravely old access road, still neat though. We went on a Tuesday afternoon. It only took a couple hours and we only came across one other group of hikers and one small group of horse back riders. You can loop back down Raven's Roost if you want to cut off the top of the hike but for only another 500 ft of elevation gain you get a pretty view. Snowy Pike's Peak was off in the distance as well as some others to the west. Very clear blue bird sky day when we went

More on the 4-5 in terms of difficulty. Other than a somewhat strenuous start to the hike, it's relatively easy. Beautiful views at top of loop. No snow.

Nice trail. Peaceful. Not too busy - even on Memorial Day weekend.